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PostSubject: Normandy d day battlefield trip   Normandy d day battlefield trip Icon_minitimeSat Nov 18, 2017 8:31 am

Just back from a trip to Normandy with my dad
Thought I'd share some photos

Pegasus bridge


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British cemetery



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This was the first allied soldier to die on d day on Pegasus bridge


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Sword beach


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Aramanche mulberry harbour


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gold beach

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Stanley Hollis won the only vc on d day on this beach


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Juno beach



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Utah beach


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German cemetery




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Micheal wittman German tank ace grave , the guide told us his head stone has been stolen 8 times


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Omaha beach



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You can still see the bullet holes in this machine gun post



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Omaha beach cemetery


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St mere eglise



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Band of brothers field , where dick winters took out German guns



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PostSubject: Re: Normandy d day battlefield trip   Normandy d day battlefield trip Icon_minitimeSat Nov 18, 2017 9:28 am

Great post Rusty, thanks for sharing. When you look at the photos of how it is now, it all looks so peaceful and pretty. However, looks can be deceiving, especially when you think about the amount of lives lost there. I think these things should never be forgotten, and all the heroes alive or dead should be held with great respect. Great post cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Normandy d day battlefield trip   Normandy d day battlefield trip Icon_minitimeSat Nov 18, 2017 10:40 am

Fantastic pics Dean. It looks to have been a great trip.

My grandad fought in the Normandy campaign. Luckily for him, he arrived fashionably late, landing on Gold beach a few days after D-day. He said the sheer scale of it all was awe inspiring and the fact that it all ran so relatively smoothly was nothing short of amazing.

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PostSubject: Re: Normandy d day battlefield trip   Normandy d day battlefield trip Icon_minitimeSat Nov 18, 2017 12:32 pm

Great shots, thanks for sharing.

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PostSubject: Re: Normandy d day battlefield trip   Normandy d day battlefield trip Icon_minitimeSat Nov 18, 2017 3:27 pm

Thanks for sharing your wonderful pics! Awesome! cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Normandy d day battlefield trip   Normandy d day battlefield trip Icon_minitimeSat Nov 18, 2017 3:31 pm

Fantastic trip Dean!!!

Thanks for sharing it with us and for all the photos! You really give us a feel of what it is like there.

Thanks again,
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PostSubject: Re: Normandy d day battlefield trip   Normandy d day battlefield trip Icon_minitimeSat Nov 18, 2017 3:36 pm

Great thread Dean, such an important historical location.

You've taken some fantastic pics mate!

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PostSubject: Re: Normandy d day battlefield trip   Normandy d day battlefield trip Icon_minitimeSat Nov 18, 2017 4:01 pm

Thanks for the comments guys.. was a great trip ...

I have been previously about 8 years ago , and it has changed ..quite a bit..
The pics i took in the machine gun post on Omaha beach (with the bullet holes in the concrete )
We're quite sobering ...sitting in there , I was thinking that, both the German defenders and the gi,s must have been terrified....

Lest we forget..

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PostSubject: Re: Normandy d day battlefield trip   Normandy d day battlefield trip Icon_minitimeSat Nov 18, 2017 7:38 pm

Rustygun wrote:
Thanks for the comments guys..  was a great trip ...

I have been previously about 8 years ago , and it has changed ..quite a bit..
The pics i took in the machine gun post on Omaha beach (with the bullet holes in the concrete )
We're quite  sobering  ...sitting in there , I was  thinking  that, both the German defenders and the gi,s must have been terrified....

Lest we forget..


No doubt!

I was looking at how big Omaha beach is and wondering how they ever made it off the beach.

Couldn't help noticing that Army/Navy store. When i was a kid I was totally into the Army/Navy store.
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PostSubject: Re: Normandy d day battlefield trip   Normandy d day battlefield trip Icon_minitimeSun Nov 19, 2017 9:12 pm

I used to frequent my local army and navy store also ...
Don't really see them about much now ..

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PostSubject: Re: Normandy d day battlefield trip   Normandy d day battlefield trip Icon_minitimeSun Nov 19, 2017 9:32 pm

Excellent photos Dean, thanks for sharing, great upload,.....

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PostSubject: Re: Normandy d day battlefield trip   Normandy d day battlefield trip Icon_minitimeWed Jun 05, 2019 6:36 am

Great photos Rustygun, and they brought back vivid memories of my own trip there.
I do not consider myself to be an over-emotional person, but standing in those cemeteries where the headstones appear to go on forever caused me to suddenly break into genuine tears.
SO many young men in the prime of life who never got to go home from that hell-hole.
Profoundly moving .....

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PostSubject: Re: Normandy d day battlefield trip   Normandy d day battlefield trip Icon_minitimeSun Jun 30, 2019 6:11 am

Once again revisited your most moving photos.
Just standing on those very beaches where so many young men lost their lives is a deeply emotional experience. I sat there and imagined the scene for a very long time.
It seems so peaceful today, and yet more than a little mournful too.

In a world where "bravery" awards are given out to vapid publicity seeking media-manipulating egotists, it must have taken REAL bravery as the front door of the landing craft dropped, to run onto those sands right into the face of German machine gun fire, fully in the knowledge that your own death could be very near. And for so many young men, it was.

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PostSubject: Re: Normandy d day battlefield trip   Normandy d day battlefield trip Icon_minitimeSun Jun 30, 2019 1:47 pm

thanks for the photos it's always nice to see the area's in peaceful conditions

I know in the 80's we were still cleaning up unexploded ordinance on the Japanese islands when I was in EOD
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